//Indian engineer killed in Afghanistan; India outraged

Indian engineer killed in Afghanistan; India outraged

[ Sunday, April 30, 2006 05:52:03 pm IANS ]

NEW DELHI/HYDERABAD: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi Sunday conveyed their heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family of slain telecom engineer K. Suryanarayana and condemned the brutal killing.

The three leaders spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy over phone and asked him to convey their condolences to the family.

Manmohan Singh asked the chief minister to provide all possible assistance to the family of the 41-year-old engineer.

In Hyderabad, Reddy drove to the house of Suryanarayana and consoled his parents, widow and children and conveyed the condolences of the president the prime minister and Gandhi.

He also announced Rs.500,000 compensation and a job to a member of Suryanarayana’s family as he was the sole breadwinner.

Condemning the killing, the chief minister termed it an inhuman act. "Such acts of terrorism are unacceptable in a civilized society," he said.

The parents, wife and children of Suryanarayana had called on the chief minister at his official residence earlier in the day, before the news of his death, to urge him to seek his early and safe release. The news of the slaying came barely an hour after that.

Suryanarayana, an employee of a Bahrain-based company, was abducted on Friday from Zabul province on the Kabul-Kandahar road. His body, found by the Afghanistan authorities in Zabul early Sunday, is being flown to India.

In New Delhi, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) that supports the government from outside, condemned Suryanarayana’s killing, saying it "went against all civilised values.

"The politburo conveys its heartfelt condolences to his wife and other family members," a CPI-M statement said.